Solid Dreaming

Archie Roach and Shane Howard will perform together at the Mullum Music Festival, on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28.

Archie Roach, a philosopher and storyteller in the tradition of his ancestors, tells intimate real life stories through song. And these songs have touched people around the world.

Charcoal Lane was Archie’s first album way back in 1990. Being part of the Stolen Generation, Archie wrote Took The Children Away – a song that dealt with that awful experience. The album was a huge success.

Then came Jamu Dreaming in 1993 and Looking For Butter Boy in 1997, which was recorded on Archie’s traditional land at Port Fairy in south-western Victoria. (This album won three ARIA awards in 1998.)

In 2007 after a long absence Archie released Journey– with a collection of songs he describes as a reaffirmation of identity, country, beliefs and spirits. Many of the songs were inspired during a journey Archie took with English actor Pete Postlethwaite ( In the Name of the Father, Brassed Off, Age of Stupid) and national Indigenous leader and Yawuru man, Patrick Dodson. They set out to rekindle discussion of Indigenous issues and reconciliation.

Archie will be joined on stage by his good mate and long time collaborator, Shane Howard.

Famed for his rock anthem Solid Rock from the album Spirit of Place recorded by his band Goanna back in 1982, Shane Howard has continued to champion the economic, social and cultural rights of Aboriginal people.

He has spent many years working, writing, performing, touring with and producing Australian musicians, many of them Aboriginal artists, as well as journeying frequently to his own ancestral homelands in Ireland.

Tickets to this special gig are available by visiting www.mullummusicfestival.comor by phoning the Mullum Music Festival hotline on 6684 6195.

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